OPP share tips for winter driving in Simcoe County

OPP is reminding motorists to take extra precautions when driving during winter weather.

One of the tips offered by police is to get a complete vehicle checkup. Ensure the vehicle is properly maintained and the fuel tank and windshield washer fluid are full. The air pressure in the tires should also be checked often, as it decreases in cold weather.

The OPP also urges drivers to clear snow and ice from the roof, hood, trunk, windows, lights and mirrors of their vehicles to maximize visibility.

When driving behind a plow or sander, police advise motorists to slow down and stay back a safe distance. Drivers are reminded they should not pass around or between winter maintenance vehicles.

Another tip to remember is to travel with a survival kit containing: an ice scraper and snowbrush; shovel, sand, and tow rope or chain; booster cables; road flares; gas-line antifreeze; flashlight and batteries; first aid kit; fire extinguisher; non-perishable energy foods; a candle and matches; and extra clothing or a blanket.

Drivers who get stuck or stranded are urged not to panic, but to stay with their vehicle for safety and warmth until help arrives. Anyone who is trapped for an extended period of time should make sure the vehicle’s tailpipe is not blocked by snow to keep carbon monoxide from getting inside.

For more information on winter driving, visit the Ministry of Transportation website at .

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